Stars’ Coach Not Considering Quitting

BLACK Stars coach Kwesi Appiah insists he has not considered quitting his post despite an unconvincing start to 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Appiah, who took charge of the men’s senior national team in April 2012, has been under immense pressure after failing to reach the final of the 2013 African Cup of Nations and crashing out of the 2014 World Cup at the group stage with the Stars.

Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Uganda in the 2015 AFCON qualifier in Kumasi have seen calls from fans for his resignation intensify.

However, Appiah, speaking at the post-match press conference on Sunday, says he plans on staying on as coach of the team, adding he would have to pay compensation if he did resign.

“I will not resign because if I do I have to pay the FA [compensation]. I haven’t thought of resigning,” he said.

Several football analysts have called Appiah’s technical ability into question with the Ghana Football Association (GFA) set to appoint a technical advisor to help “steer the national team in the right direction.”

Appiah was evasive when asked whether he needed technical assistance saying that he “can’t answer yes or no. If we’ve money to pay 1,000 people to advise me, fine.”

Citi Sport understands that former Black Stars head coach, Milovan Rajevac, is favourite for the job.

Meanwhile, Appiah has acknowledged challenges in the goalkeeping department of the Black Stars, adding that his doors are opened to all and sundry.

The goalkeeping department, in recent times, has come under scrutiny with many of the opinion that Coach Appiah’s preferred No.1 Fatau Dauda is not in the best of shapes to hold down the starting spot, a belief which seems to be gaining more roots with Dauda’s dodgy performances in recent games including last Saturday’s 2015 AFCON qualifier against Uganda.

Speaking after the Stars 1-1 draw with the Cranes, Appiah was quick to admit challenges in the department but remains optimistic of seeing more assuring performances in the next matches.

“I will not sit here and say we’re perfectly doing well in the goalkeeping area,” he revealed.

“We’re trying to make sure that we get the best out of the goalkeepers that we’ve got. Automatically, the goalkeeper may along the line make a mistake but it’s important that you look at the overall performance of the goalkeeper.

“I wouldn’t like to sit here and criticize any of them but I believe that the mistakes that they have done or are doing, we’ll make sure we correct them before the next game,” he assured.

Stromsgodset goalie Adam Kwarasey has been overlooked for the double header against Uganda and Togo for his vitriolic attack on the Black Stars technical team particularly Goalkeepers Trainer Nassam Yakubu.

“I would have loved that we had about ten really good goalkeepers to bring a lot of competition,” he revealed.

Ghana is set to take on the Hawks of Togo in her second match of the qualifying series on Wednesday with Dauda still expected to keep his place in the post.

In another development,Christian Atsu is optimistic the Black Stars will bounce back, despite their draw against Uganda in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers last Saturday.

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